Are you unhappy with your smile because one or more pearly whites have gone missing? Do you hide your smile in pictures or find it embarrassing to laugh with your mouth open? If you've considered cosmetic dentistry but are looking for a more permanent solution, Dr. Thomas Cherry, Jr. at Florence Dental Arts offers dental implants to patients searching to restore the health of their smile and regain confidence in the process. But once a dental implant settles into place, it requires proper oral care and routine maintenance from you and our Florence, SC, dentist to guarantee success.
How to Maintain Your Dental Implants
A dental implant is a surgical component that contains a titanium screw, abutment, and crown. Once placed by our dentist, it fuses to the jawbone through a process called osseointegration. These restorations have a 98% success rate and can last for many years as long as you brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day, and rinse your mouth daily with an antibacterial mouthwash. Additionally, it helps to watch your diet, and don't delay emergency treatment should a problem arise. You must do your best to keep your implant clean in order to reap the benefits.
When to Visit an Implant Dentist
If you already have a dental implant or an entire mouthful, don't think that your visits to the dentist are over. Even if you have no natural teeth left, you'll still need regular checkups and cleanings. If you'd like to discuss dental implants in further detail, schedule a consultation with Dr. Thomas Cherry, Jr. at Florence Dental Arts. He will address any questions or concerns, and determine if you're a candidate for the procedure after performing an oral examination. It's critical to protect your investment, and care for them as you would (or better than) your natural teeth. For more information about dental implants, and other services provided at our Florence, SC, office, visit our website. For appointment scheduling, please call (843) 665-6200.